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Idealistic and ambitious, Andrew Young volunteered for the John Edwards campaign for Senate in 1998 and quickly became the candidate's right-hand man. As the senator became a national star, Young's responsibilities grew. For a decade he was this politician's confidant, and he was assured he was "like family." In time, however, Young was drawn into a series of questionable assignments that culminated with Edwards asking him to help conceal the senator's ongoing adultery. Days before the 2008 presidential primaries began, Young gained international notoriety when he told the world that he was the father of a child being carried by a woman named Rielle Hunter, who was actually the senator's mistress. While Young began a life on the run, hiding from the press with his family and alleged mistress, John Edwards continued to pursue the presidency and then the vice presidency in the future Obama administration.
Young had been the senator's closest aide and most trusted friend. He believed that John Edwards could be a great president and was assured throughout the cover-up that his boss and friend would ultimately step forward to both tell the truth and protect his aide's career. Neither promise was kept.
Not only is The Politician a moving personal account of Andrew Young's political education, but it also offers a look at the trajectory that made John Edwards the ideal Democratic candidate for president and the hubris that brought him down, leaving his career, his marriage, and his dreams in ashes.
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By MICHELLE on 02-19-10
A real eye opener!
Things aren't always what they seem. John Edwards fooled a lot of people in the beginning..including me. I am just a regular voter who liked what they saw in this man...I have learned to dig deeper when looking at any candidate seeking public office. This book was informative about the sacrifices made by the campaign staff. Andrew Young was not spiteful his account.. which made it more credible for me. The journey of this young man is honest and heartfelt. He accepts responsibility for his part in all of it... which think I is redemptive. A real eye opener for all of us.
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By Bret on 02-11-10
I highly recommend this book to anyone that want's a better glimpse at what kind of sleaze that populates politics. Beyond even Edward's affair your get a feel for just how shallow and manipulative these people are. If you love to believe in platitudes, claims of hope, change, fighting poverty and two Americas, and changing the status quo... this book isn't for you.
I aplaude the author who's currently embattled in legal matters for making this revealing book. He put his neck on the line and got nothing for his efforts in helping the disgraced John Edwards. Hopefully his work in writing this book will help people to look for truly genuine, honest, common sense intelligent politicians that represent them and are true to their beliefs... and not just saying something so they can get votes and suckle at the teet of wealthy donors, celebrities and the elite.
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